Parents' Guide to

Blockly for Dash & Dot Robots

By Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Program robots with code blocks, plenty of creative options.

App iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android Paid, Free Education
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Though these big-eyed robots may be absolutely adorable and good for lots of laughs with their quirky sound effects, they're actually teaching kids logic and hands-on coding skills. Creating their own projects is truly how kids can learn and have fun -- experimenting, taking risks, and applying logic and creativity. In terms of drawbacks, the puzzles are sometimes buggy, and there's very little help for kids who get stuck: The hints simply repeat the original instructions with slightly different wording and a bit of elaboration. However, the options available for sounds, lights, and movement make the possibilities for what kids can do with Dash and Dot almost endless. Though the robots are prohibitively expensive for many families, the potential for learning and fun is great, and perhaps the prices will fall over time.

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: logic, solving puzzles, strategy, Tech Skills: digital creation, using and applying technology
  • Pricing structure: Paid, Free (Requires $149.99 Dash or $49.99 Dot robot from Wonder Workshop.)
  • Release date: November 1, 2017
  • Category: Education
  • Topics: Robots
  • Publisher: Wonder Workshop
  • Version: 2.9.7
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.0 or later; Android 4.4 and up
  • Last updated: January 21, 2018

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